The most stylish heist has finally hit the cinemas and we're super excited not just for its all-female star-studded cast, but also because of the fashion! The film is set during the biggest fashion event of the year: the MET Gala where the Ocho, headed by Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock)plots with Lou (Cate Blanchett), Nine Ball (Rihanna), Amita (Mindy Kaling), Constance (Awkwafina), Rose (Helena Bonham Carter ), and Tammy (Sarah Paulson) to steal Daphne Kluger's (Anne Hathaway) Cartier necklace.

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Zooming in on the focal point of the heist, here are things you need to know about the prized necklace:

1. Cartier was especially enlisted to provide the jewelry to be used in the film.

The brand agreed to the project based on its history of empowering women with the boldness to be themselves.

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2. Cartier mobilized the resources of its High Jewelry workshops situated on Rue de la Paix in Paris.

The jewelers were tasked to complete everything in just eight weeks, a demanding task on top of their everyday assignments. They then flew the jewelry from Paris to New York, just in time for filming.

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IMAGE Courtesy of Cartier

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3. The necklace is called the Toussaint necklace, named after Cartier’s Creative Director in the 1930s.

Jeanne Toussaint was responsible for establishing the maison’s stylistic identity. She is described to be first woman to embody Cartier’s bold and fearless spirit. Throughout her career, she favored Indian style as a source of inspiration, paying homage to the splendor and opulence of the Maharajas.

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4. The original necklace was designed in 1931 for the Maharaja of Nawanagar by Jacques Cartier.

Described as “the finest cascade of colored diamonds in the world,” it was, according to Jacques, “a superb realization of a connoisseur’s dream.”

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5. This jewel no longer exists.

But Cartier preserved it in its archives via a design drawing and photographs of the piece and its owner. The creation sketch was used as a reference for the modern realization of the Toussaint necklace for the movie.

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6. Since the necklace was originally designed for a man, it was adjusted to Anne Hathaway’s measurements and reduced by 15 to 20% of the original size.

Dismountable bezels were devised to successfully adapt the jewel to match Anne’s proportions. When the actress wore it for the first time in New York, the necklace fit her perfectly.

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7. This version of the Toussaint necklace is comprised of flawless, colorless diamonds...

The colored diamonds were replaced with zirconium oxides, a natural material, mounted on white gold.

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The necklace had to be solid enough to withstand frequent manipulation during filming. Meticulous attention was paid to the finishing of the settings and polishing, as close-ups would not allow for any imprecisions. The Jeanne Toussaint Necklace meets in all aspects the Cartier High Jewelry requirements in terms of craftsmanship and excellence.

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8. Cartier was also the exclusive on-site jeweler during filming at the Metropolitan Museum.

For five consecutive nights, jewelry was loaned to those making cameo appearances in the movie, with pieces ranging from the Cartier Collection to the current New or High Jewelry, as well as watches and accessories.

Bonus:

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The Cartier Mansion, a New York City landmark, became the location of the film's major scenes. For two days, the Mansion was closed to enable filming and its salons were transformed into cinema sets. The exterior of the Mansion on 52nd Street was also featured in the film.

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This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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